My computer was stolen.
Until this week my day began with the class I teach at Deloitte. The next step in my daily routine was to study Spanish for an hour or so before taking the short walk to the school where I took my Spanish class.
Last Friday, when it was time to go to my English class I quickly ran upstairs to get my Spanish books, when I came back downstairs my computer was gone. I left it for maybe two minutes. That was all it took because the front door was left unlock and I was living with a penniless drug addict. I have no idea whether it was an inside or outside job.
At first I blamed myself. How could I have been so stupid as to leave my computer for even a minute?
Now I'm blaming the owner of the school for not ensuring that the front door remained locked, and for hiring anyone off the street.
I'm paying a lot of money by Mexican standards to live where I'm living, but it's a posh hotel suite designed for foreigners, It's a lot of money by Mexican standards, but very inexpensive by Canadian standards.
I have a new appreciation for my homeland with its Canadian Pension Plan. I have a new appreciation for my former work with its unionized shop and company pensions.
I can live well. I can live independently.
My visa is an FM-3 independent. From now on independent is what I'm going to be. Instead of working at a particular school I'm going to contract out, one class at a time.
I hope to continue teaching at Deloitte.